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Pulitzer Prize Nominee Yvonne Thornton to serve as keynote speaker at TWU’s “The Power of a Healthy Woman Symposium” Sept. 19


DENTON — Dr. Yvonne Thornton, the first African-American woman in the U.S. to be board certified in high-risk obstetrics and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her family’s biography “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters,” will serve as the keynote speaker during Texas Woman’s University’s annual “The Power of a Healthy Woman Symposium” Sept. 19.

Adult women are encouraged to attend the half-day event that shines the spotlight on women’s health. The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in the auditorium of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Building. For a map of the Denton campus, visit www.twu.edu/maps.asp. Registration is $15 before Sept. 10, and $20 on site. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early. For more information, go to www.twu.edu/ce.

As of September 8, sponsors for the event are the Cordis Corporation, the TWU Leadership Institute, the TWU Institute for Women’s Health, National Dairy Council, Denton Municipal Electric, Denton AgriLIFE Extension, Dairy MAX, the Medical Clinic of North Texas, Caring for Women, Cardiovascular Clinic of North Texas, University Behavioral Health, , the TWU Department of Sociology and Social Work, TWU Catering Services, and TWU Student Health Services.

From the tenements of East Harlem to the footlights of the Apollo Theatre to the halls of an Ivy League medical school, Dr. Thornton’s family story is that of a modern Horatio Alger saga. In 1995 she authored her family’s biography “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters,” which became a national bestseller. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; was made into an award-winning cable television movie; was condensed in The Readers Digest; and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Thornton will speak about how her father, Donald Thornton, overcame incredible obstacles to give his daughters a better life.

Dr. Thornton is a double-board certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine and is a former professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Cornell University Medical College. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She received her medical degree and executive master’s of public health degree from Columbia University.

Featured speakers for “The Power of a Health Woman Symposium” also include Dr. Nancy Granovsky, regent’s fellow, professor and family economics specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service; Dr. Abigail Tilton, TWU assistant social work professor and social work program director; Dr. Carol S. Ireton-Jones, executive vice president of the Professional Nutrition Therapists organization; and Dr. Wasim A. Haque, a private practice physican in Lewisville.

For a complete schedule of speakers and topics, visit www.twu.edu/ce and click on “The Power of a Healthy Woman Symposium.”



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Amanda Simpson
Director of News and Information
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Page last updated September 8, 2009

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